Bland flies into sectarian battleground

Antrim Line councillor John Blair with Glengormley Community Group chair Martine Andrews. INNT 25-103 FP
Antrim Line councillor John Blair with Glengormley Community Group chair Martine Andrews. INNT 25-103 FP

GLENGORMLEY Park is to be renamed after the celebrated aviator Lilian Bland; and it is hoped the change will help rid the public space of its sectarian and anti-social tag.

The council’s Leisure Committee passed the motion for the name change at this month’s meeting and a ceremony will be held later in the summer to herald a new beginning in the park’s history.

Bland, who lived in Glengormley during the early 1900s, went on to become the first woman to build and fly her own plane over 100 years ago.

Martine Andrews, Chair of the Glengormley Community Group, welcomed the decision to honour Bland and celebrate part of the town’s history.

She said: “The name change and the new sculpture are things that can help to end the sectarian trouble and territorial claims on the park - it is the chance for a new start.

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